“Who Do You Think You Are?” returns for a 10th US season on Monday. This year there are only going to be 6 episodes total. There will be two episodes on Monday night.
The first person to investigate ancestors is Jon Cryer from “Two and A Half Men.” They go way back on John’s tree and find that his 9th great-grandfather was an indentured servant named James Adams. James became indentured as a result of being on the losing side of the English Civil War. He was sent to America to work in an iron-works. Jon traces him in Boston and get to travel to Scotland.
The second hours is about the ancestors of Laverne Cox. She came to fame on the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.” She was the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for acting. Her 3rd great-grandfather was mentioned in estate papers in the 1850s as a slave. Slaves were considered valuable property and in this case he had a value of $750. In one scene Laverne is riding across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama which was the scene of a brutal attack in 1965 by police on civil rights marchers.
WDYTYA airs on the TLC channel, Monday. May 21st. The Jon Cryer episode is on at 9 p.m. (eastern and western times) and the Laverne Cox episode airs at 10 p.m. Other people that will investigate their families this season are Molly Shannon, Jean Smart, Meagan Mullally and Hillary Duff.